Macbeth, The Tragic Hero

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“All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!” (Shakespeare 1.3.46-50)This quote is taken from Act 1, scene 3. It shows the prophecies said by the third Witches to Macbeth that he will become the Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland. When Macbeth listens to such good news from the third witch, he is shocked yet interested. Because of his curiosity, he asks the third witches for more information about it. However, the third witch did not do so because she is now paying her attention to Banquo. She tells Banquo that he will never be the king but his son will become the king.

Because of the prophecies said by the third Witches, Macbeth has been influenced by it and become ambitious to be the Scottish King. He now become greedier and wants to become the King of Scotland.

He does not want to be only a General anymore.

Such attractive prophecies have lured Macbeth to do something that is cruel and irrational so that he can achieve his dreams. It does give Macbeth the desire to murder too; thus, he betrays to the King of Duncan and even kills him. In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses the character of Macbeth to show to his readers on how a characteristic of a person can deteriorate and change, or even becomes worse due to the influence of something that is attractive, as shown by the character of Macbeth which had carried out 3 killings throughout the play.

Macbeth’s character is revealed in his first “great” crime is the murder of King of Duncan. “I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise? ” (Shakespeare, 2.2.12-13) This quote is taken...